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Namenda XR Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is memantine (Namenda XR)?
- What are the possible side effects of memantine (Namenda XR)?
- What is the most important information I should know about memantine (Namenda XR)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking memantine (Namenda XR)?
- How should I take memantine (Namenda XR)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Namenda XR)?
- What happens if I overdose (Namenda XR)?
- What should I avoid while taking memantine (Namenda XR)?
- What other drugs will affect memantine (Namenda XR)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Namenda XR)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Namenda XR)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include restlessness, drowsiness, unusual behavior, hallucinations, feeling light-headed, or fainting.
What should I avoid while taking memantine (Namenda XR)?
Memantine can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
What other drugs will affect memantine (Namenda XR)?
Before taking memantine, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- nicotine (Commit, Habitrol, Nicoderm, Nicotrol, Nicorette);
- ranitidine (Zantac);
- quinidine (Cardioquin, Quinadex, Quinaglute);
- sodium bicarbonate (Alka-Seltzer, baking soda antacid home remedy);
- antiviral medication such as amantadine (Symmetrel) or rimantadine (Flumadine);
- cold or cough medicine that contains dextromethorphan;
- a diuretic (water pill) such as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ, HydroDiuril, Hyzaar, Lopressor, Vasoretic, Zestoretic) or triamterene (Dyrenium, Maxzide, Dyazide);
- medicine to treat glaucoma, such as acetazolamide (Diamox), dichlorphenamide (Daranide), or methazolamide (Neptazane, MZM, Glauctabs); or
- an oral diabetes medicine that contains metformin (such as Fortamet, Glucophage, Actoplus Met, Avanda met, Metaglip, Glucovance).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with memantine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about memantine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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